Marc Platt's Politics: I'm a Lefty
"Everyone thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, but we put together a Benghazi committee and her numbers declined because she was untrustable (sic)" (Republican House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy)
By Marc Platt
My political leanings are liberal, but I recognise the importance of our two-party system. I do not want the Republican party to disappear, but something has become evident in the past few years since the advent of the Tea Party in 2009.
The Republicans do not know how to govern anymore. The extreme elements of their party have hijacked the proceedings and taken away the establisment's ability to make laws and to compromise. The days of Jack Kemp, Everett Dirksen and even (gulp) Newt Gingrich seem to have gone by the wayside.
The GOP now governs by select committees that suck up valuable tax dollars and have become very partisan. Look at this Benghazi revelation by Kevin McCarthy. $4.6 billion later and they have successfully brought Hillary Clinton's poll numbers down and given the public NO new information on the deaths of the four Americans in Benghazi. They have focused on boring emails that have revealed nothing about those deaths.
John Boehner has been driven out of the third-in-line to President Obama's office by radical elements in a party that has been hijacked by professional goons who intimidate and get paid $174,000.00-per-year and make no laws, but try to repeal health care and restrict women's reproductive rights.
We are moving back towards the 1890's politically.
There are three Washington DC outsiders leading the polls for the GOP presidential nomination because republican voters are completely fed up with the people THEY sent to Washington. We get a crazy brilliant neuro surgeon, a failed CEO and a looney reality TV star dominating the republican election cycle.
We have another Bush making little impact. We have a Florida U.S. senator who doesn't show up to vote (missing 1/3 of votes), we have Tea Party senators (Cruz, Paul) who spout radical ideas to most of the general public and do little in the way of solutions.
The GOP is an absolute mess.
I know the democrats aren't a very interesting or exciting bunch this year, but they do want to govern. They present policy ideas that are do-able to the general public.
I believe Hillary Clinton will be elected to be the 45th United States president. I also believe the republican party has damaged itself so badly since 2009, that it will take a transformative politician to reverse the course they are on.
I don't believe that man/woman has presented themself to the world. It may take many years of dysfunction for voters to reverse the trend of obstruction and dysfunction in American politics.
Hillary Clinton will have her hands full as she tries to negotiate her way through this mess.
By Marc Platt
Here is something to think about regarding GUNS.
Congress has shown their true colors of being corrupted by the NRA and their manufacturing henchmen. The President is hampered by the fact that Congress will not touch this issue.
Here is my idea. Bring a bevvy of lawsuits against gun manufacturers, the NRA, gun shows, The state of Colorado (who have terrible laws regarding legal fees).
Let these lawsuits matriculate through the courts. By the time they get to the Supreme Court, there will be enough public outcry to affect some changes in the interpretation of these laws that are misguided. Things have changed since their last bad decisions like Heller, etc...
Ronald Reagan should be invoked at every possible turn. Reagan was a huge advocate of removing assault weapons from our streets.
People need to go directly after the NRA where it hurts. In their pocketbooks. There are many men and women of high integrity, who are members of the NRA. Ordinary citizens should appeal to THEM to pressure the NRA to do the right thing and get these manufacturers to mellow out when it comes to gun clips, etc...
If we want to affect change, then we have to either vote these PRO GUN congressmen and women OUT or go after the real culprits, the manufacturers and organizations who keep this terrible violent extemism going.
The furor over terrorism is important, but there are far fewer people killed by terrorism in America than by guns.
It is clearly time to do something about this.
If we have to amend the U.S. Constitution, let's do it. We are way past the "Well-regulated militia" days. We have really dangerous assault weapons that are being used to HUNT PEOPLE on our city streets. NOT bayonets and muskets like 1776.
By Marc Platt
Life is not fair. It must be hell for former U.S. (R) Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough to live in a Beltway universe in which Barack Obama has ruled for nearly seven years. He is co-host of a unique early morning show with journalist and 3-time Best Selling Author Mika Brzezinski.
Scarborough does his best to hammer liberals and democrats for any and every possible weakness. Brzezinski is the daughter of former Jimmy Carter advisor Zbigiew Brzezinski and openly leans towards the left.
It can get quite comical at times to watch Joe's eyes light up when he discusses Hillary Clinton's email controversy.
The show has an assortment of Beltway Insiders like Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson, co-host Willie Geist, writer Mike Barnacle, award-winning writer Jon Heilman, former Bush aide Nicole Wallace and many other insiders who make the show somewhat balanced.
Example: Mika brought up the latest batch of released emails from Hillary Clinton's home server. The discussion became lower in tone than the usual ranting by Scarbrough BECAUSE the same day a story broke about Speaker-in-Waiting Kevin McCarthy admitted that the Benghazi Committee was a partisan political witch hunt.
Scarborough called McCarthy's gaffe "A massive mistake." The republicans tried to backtrack and Scarborough jumped in with them on the "Rookie Mistake" McCarthy made and NOT the reality that this WAS a witch hunt designed to destroy Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
The panel basically gave Joe a pass when they should have hit hard on the fact that his beloved Republican Party has played politics with the death of four Americans who died in Libya September 11, 2012.
Why didn't Joe Scarborough lead the charge to dismantle the bogus Benghazi Committee that has now been exposed by the man who would be Speaker of The House of Representatives? The very chamber Scarborough served in years ago and has helped to make him a very rich MSNBC host.
This is why I love 'Morning Joe.' Never mind the show's continual build-up of the crazy Donald Trump For President campaign.
This show was the first on the Trump bandwagon because they were quick to figure out the financial value to their show and the networks who have made millions of dollars showing "Everything Trump." Donald Trump brings in big bucks, just look at the viewership of the GOP Debates.
Morning Joe does a great job perpetuating rumors and stories like little girls on a junior high school playground.
It would not help Scarborough's case to admit that the Benghazi Committee should be dismantled, so he keeps his mouth shut on THAT issue and dwells on the tactical mistakes that were made by McCarthy and his fellow republicans. Mika sat quitly silent when she could have pounced.
I suppose we will see how it plays out in the next few weeks...
"It's a great country, where anybody can grow up to be president... except me.
Commentary By Marc Platt
When the votes were counted, it was shown that the Barry Goldwater "Experiment" failed miserably in 1964. It did lay the seeds for Ronald Reagan to come charging to the front of the "Modern Conservatism" that enveloped the 1980s.
The GOP of 2015/16 has embraced an alternate universe in which Reagan never raised taxes (he did so several times), never raised the debt ceiling (18 times) and "LOVED GUNS" (tried to get assault weapons off the streets). These memory-deficient GOPers will do and say anything to a small group of primary voters, hoping and praying that the rest of the country isn't paying attention.
They are right, hardly anyone is paying attention except the media. This same media keeps files on every statement made by everyone who could possible matter. When there is audio, it is saved. When there is video, it lives forever somewhere only to return for a slew of attack ads during a campaign.
Video is forever.
When Carly Fiorina says she saw a video (that doesn't exist) of a dying fetus and refuses to admit she lied about seeing that video...It will come back to haunt her at some point, just like her terrible record as CEO at Hewlett-Packard a decade ago.
When Jeb Bush makes racially-coded remarks about "FREE STUFF," the Democrats and his opponents will use those remarks against him at some point, right?
There is nothing like a presidential cycle to bring out the worst in everyone.
Running for president is like peeling off layer after layer of the perceived truths that someone has at their disposal. We learn more about the warts and smelly side of these people, because the press and mainstream media dig and dig. So do their opponents.
If you have a skeleton in your closet, good luck to you forevermore.
America does not elect EXTREME candidates to be their commander-in-Chief. The democrats, most moderate republicans and independent voters want someone with some semblence of common sense to have their backs.
Carly, The Donald, Dr. Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and even Jeb Bush have views that do not coincide with the TRUE MOOD of the country. Marco Rubio is not extreme, but he is a little green. I admit President Obama came to office as a very unheralded U.S. Senator. The country really was taking a chance, but it has worked out.
The one thing he has proven is a willingness (from the start) to govern.
In my opinion, the ONLY qualified U.S. Presidential candidates would be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich and maybe Marco Rubio. If Biden jumps in, he will get support, but will get worn down by the process.
We are not ready for a president with extreme views. Go back and look at history.
Yes I agree that the Democratic south thought Abe Lincoln was an extremist. Ask yourself...Who was on the right side of history on that one?
Commentary by Marc Platt
With Scott Walker bowing out before one vote is even cast is a telling commentary on where the 2016 election is heading. Walker was the golden boy of the conservative governors running and a Koch Brothers favorite. He is OUT.
Rick Perry was arguably the most successful conservative alongest-running Texas governor of all time. He wasn't able to recover from his horrible 2012 showing. Oops. He is OUT.
Dr. Ben Carson is the latest target of the mainstream media for his oftimes outlandish views on health care, religion and Obama. He is on the way OUT soon.
Carly Fiorina is on the rise with her pointed and exceptional showing at both debates. Fiorina gets a ton of style points, BUT she said some misguided and misleading things about Planned Parenthood and the media is starting to snoop around regarding her record at Hewlett-Packard. Trump will spend the necessary time and money to knock her OUT. Watch her have a few good weeks, maybe a month. I say she will make it to Iowa.
Ted Cruz is praying that Trump knocks a bunch of these GOP wanna-bes out before The Donald flames out leaving Teddy to pick up the conservative pieces. Ted Cruz will NOT be the nominee, but he will make a lot of noise in teh process.
Jindal, Pataki, Santorum, Huckabee and Graham have a tough road to hoe.
Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are the three candidates to watch. They are the closest thing to middle-of-the-road candidates the GOP has to offer. They were both involved with Lehman Brothers and that economic distaster that no one is talking about quite yet. Jeb Bush is NOT invigorating anyone as a candidate. He is not good on stage. He lacks his brother's downhome charm. Rubio is young and good looking for a candidate. He may be able to get the money to move forward.
John Kasich just needs to lay low, keep focusing on New Hampshire and not get in Trump's bulls eye and he could be the one.